Panorama with St. George's Cathedral

Odo Dobrowolski

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Basic information
Odo Dobrowolski
Panorama with St. George's Cathedral
Date of creation
colour autolithography
imprint on paper
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
28.6 x 38.8
Information about author
Odo Dobrowolski
Artist's lifetime
Odo (Otton) Dobrowolski (1883, Chernivtsi – 1917, Kyiv) was a Lviv artist of Polish-German origin. He is mainly known as a graphic artist, in particular a watercolorist, a master of pastels and lithographs. His parents were Jozef Dobrowolski, the Austrian governor of Galicia-Lodomeria, and Eugenia Wittich. Apparently, the artist was named after Otto the Great, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He graduated from the gymnasium in Lviv. In the mid-1900s, Dobrowolski was in Krakow as a non-degree student of the Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1908 and 1909, thanks to the support of the artist Jan Styka, he was in Paris and then in Munich for a short while. After returning to Lviv between 1909 and 1910, the artist made an oil decorative panel for the confectionery of Gabriela Zapolska, a famous playwright, actress, and a bright representative of the Lviv elite. In 1911 and 1912, he was in Paris again. Then he was in Lviv, where during the Russian occupation he created a series of 10 lithographs, which were very popular. In June 1915, during the retreat of the Russians, the artist went to Kyiv, where he died under uncertain circumstances at the age of 34 in 1917. The artistic heritage of Odo Dobrowolski includes numerous cityscapes, particularly views of Lviv and Paris, as well as portraits, interior sketches, and images of nature. The works are stored in Borys Voznytskyi Lviv National Art Gallery, as well as in the National Museum in Krakow, the National Library in Warsaw, the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, and in private collections.
Object description
This is one of the lithographs that is not part of the series of views of Lviv in the winter of 1915. The work was done earlier, in particular in summer. This is probably one of the first lithographs by the artist. St. George's Hill is depicted at dusk from the southwest (nowadays, from the territory where the new buildings of Lviv Polytechnic National University are located). The ensemble of St. George's Cathedral is shown against the background of the starry sky; the cathedral, next to which there is the bell tower, is domineering above the chapter house. On the left there is a panorama of the northern part of the city with factory pipes and the slopes of Castle Hill. In front of St. George's Hill there is the green space depicted as black in the late evening.
In the lower left corner there is the author's signature “Odo Dobrowolski” written in italics.